Archive | March, 2016

Manage vs Manager

31 Mar

It is that time of the semester where I notice around campus everything changing.  And by “everything”, I mean the mood.  The visual tone of the campus.  It’s stressful, Week 10 is coming to an end.  Midterms, finals not that far off.  Stress—  STRESS!!  How do you deal with it?  Can you deal with it?  Manage it?  Or is it managing you like a dictatorial supervisor?  One of my students offered an interesting idea this morning, of “making an appointment for stress”, as she put it.  And, inventorying those stresses, know exactly what they are, so you can confront them, deal with them head-on.  My idea for stress confrontation (if you’d consider it a “confrontation”), is to be outside.  And I mean, OUTSIDE, OUTDOORS, get out!  Then, forget about it.  I know, that’s easier said than done.  Yes, true.  But it has to be done.  It can be done.  You have to bring yourself to these two places, one physical and the other meditative, or mental.  If we are letting ourselves be controlled by stress (and I many times very much am, so I’m not above this quandary), then we are not living.  We’re existing.  Kerouac ordered us to ‘climb that mountain’.  So let’s climb!   Far above the stress.  Let’s find our pleasure in knowing we’ve defeated our stresses by managing them, knowing what they are, telling them when we can fit them into our lives.  Scheduling them, letting them know when it’s convenient to talk.

Week 10.  And how did we get here so quick?  Because, simply, life is quick.  It moves and jumps and jitters without our permission.  So we need live, not so much try to outrun it but keep pace with it.  When we notice we’re behind, that’s a catalyst for stress.  No…  NO!

No.  Stress.  Ever.

Well, I shouldn’t say that.  IT’s going to happen.  The point of this statement isn’t to tell you not to be stressed or pretend like it doesn’t exist, or even to control it.  I’m advocating that we all know what it is that stresses us, acutely, and go from there.  OR, not just casually “go from there”, but more so develop our own methods and practices for interacting for what gets in our heads.  And that’s all stress is, is in your head.  It can become physical, mind you.  A direct consequence of not knowing how to supervise what weighs on us.

I just thought walking to the cafeteria to get another coffee, “That’s it?  It’s stress that does this?  Why do we let it have so much power and supervisory power?” I know the mood in the library won’t change, but mine will, it has.  I feel better after that walk to the caf’, realizing what this is, the stress and how it’s only important and impactful if I let it be.  No, not, no more.  Looking at my stress index, or inventory, and I’m truly laughing.  Why on earth am I letting “Tires” manage and steer my thinking?  I don’t know, but I know it is.  And now it doesn’t.  That easy.  Yes, you have to bring yourself to this place, and it takes work.

You’re in the management position,  now.

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Where are you, mentally, this semester? 

30 Mar

Write a few words below, long or short as you like (though I’m hoping for 300-500 words, buuuuuuuuuuuuut…..), about what you’re thinking at this point in the semester.  How you’re doing with the stress, if any, what comes next, what do you want from your college life… whatever you like.  Be free, be creative, be honest.  Merci.

How’s the writing coming?

22 Mar

Questions?

Ideas?

Walls?

Writing Exercise…

22 Mar

Next time you feel like writing, don’t.

Wait 48 hours, see if the idea is still there.

And if it is, write it differently, somehow.

If meant to be written in its original form, it will be.

Eventually.

Ideas

17 Mar

for the next paper?

More I think about it,

14 Mar

the more I realize I have yet to learn.  About Life, yes, but more crucially myself.  Just when I think I have so much pinned, understood, there’s a variable introduced.  Something about Life and my role in it.  I guess my “advice”, if any, is be patient.  Don’t rush.  The more control is sought the less attainable it is.

2:40 on Monday.  The day still very much in motion…  What are you learning from the authors we’re reading?  What are you teaching yourself?  What has the semester’s Story taught you?  For me.. I’m seeing rewards for not acting too quickly; taking my time, and let the Story show me what to do.

You?

3/14/16

English 1A –

7 Mar

posted to wrong blog… whoops! What happens when you’re sick and over-caffeinated. See you soon…..

bottledaux

Whose Road are We On? 

Kerouac’s or Sal’s?  And the characters that Kerouac so very much depends on for his writings… how are they impacting him?  Positively?  Negatively?  How is it influencing your read of his story?

Teaching…..  And if not, then showing.  What is Kerouac teaching or showing you as a reader?  The lost nature of his prose, I argue, is just the point.  The point being to enjoy life, every minute of it, as he said.

And, what kind of a teacher is he?  What are some of the lessons aside from an embrace of life?

Let’s see what we have so far…..

Talk Soon,

Mike

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